One week left: Nominate your favorite Oakland business!

March 18, 2009

The third annual Oakland Indie Awards are coming up on Friday, May 15th at the Crucible, and there’s just one week left to nominate your favorite independent Oakland business!

The Oakland Indie Awards began in 2007 to recognize and celebrate Oakland’s independent businesses and artists and all that they contribute to our community. What are your favorite Oakland spots—those businesses that make you smile and remind you why you’re glad to be an Oaklander? Make up the list and then send in the nominations! You can find the nomination form here; submit as many nominations as you’d like up until next Wednesday, March 25th. You can also check out the 2008 and 2007 winners to see who’s been honored in the past.

About the Nominations
From the Indie Awards website: Help us celebrate how supporting local businesses and artists helps the community! Winners will be publicized and presented with their awards at the Indie Awards ceremony on May 15.

Nominees must be:
1) An independent for-profit business based in Oakland,
2) A visual artist/artisan who lives or has a studio in Oakland.

This year’s categories are:

  • oakland soul: Represents the soul, the essence and the style of Oakland; this business or artist embraces diversity and creativity, has confidence in their individuality, helps their brothers and sisters, and has no pretensions
  • ripple effect: Supports other local businesses and artists by “shopping local” for their supplies and services, creating an economic ripple effect as money circulates within the community
  • newbie: An inspiring new business or artist that opened in 2007 or 2008 and is great for any reason you choose!
  • greenie: Our environmental hero, immersed in sustainable practices, such as creating or selling new items from used materials, using energy efficient appliances, composting, reducing usage of toxic products, or reducing waste
  • neighborhood dynamo: Improves their neighborhood by organizing people, beautifying the streets, making streets safe, finding resources, hosting events, encouraging new businesses or artists to come in, or similar activities
  • youth empowerment: Has significantly helped Oakland’s youth through activities such as starting programs, mentoring, or giving donations of time or money
  • pillar: Is a business or artist that has been around forever, perservering through the good and the bad, mentoring newbies, preserving our city’s history; the artist everyone loves, or the classic spot “you have to go to” when visitors come to town
  • innovator: Excites and inspires you because of a creative new idea or perspective they are sharing with the world

Nominate as many businesses/artists as you want. Don’t forget about home-based businesses! Note: The more details you can provide, the more judges will understand and appreciate why your nominee is qualified.

About the Party
Then be sure to come to the party, which promises “food, drinks, fire, and fun” (not to mention music, lots of great samples, and excellent company, if past years’ celebrations are any indication!) Tickets are $15 each or two for $25 if you buy them before April 1st; after that, they’re $20 each, so it pays to plan ahead. Order your tickets here.

See you there!


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